Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sundays with Chef Peter... Cronuts for a Wedding!


                  How the devil are you? Hope this Sunday finds you full of happiness and you are having a deliciously lazy Sunday.

Well here in Phuket were having a bit of rain this weekend, much needed I add after some fabulously glorious weather. However, with Songkran, the Thai New Year, just around a corner one wonders if along with the many other “changes” in our weather patterns that it may have come a little too early, or maybe we are simply too late! Last year there was also rain over this festive period and it does sort of make the tradition of “sprinkling” people with water to keep cool at the hottest time of the year a waste of time, though thankfully there are many other party games and festivities to be had.

Songkran is followed by Easter and if you are in Phuket over the Easter weekend then do join us at the Trisara Hotel for our Easter Buffet where I will be teaming up with the Trisara team to create a Willy Wonka Chocolate Room! It’s going to be quite something if you’re around, especially if you have kids! So far we're working on about a 100-150kg of chocolate for the display alone so it’s going to be BIG. You’ll literally be able to “lick” the walls!

Last year there was a new craze in the pastry world with the “Cronut” and it really took the world by storm, well America mostly but since then they have been springing up in different forms over the world, some good and some not!

The Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry invented and trademarked by the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The pastry is made by frying laminated dough in grape seed oil, which is then sugared, filled, and glazed.

In December of 2013, TIME Magazine named the cronut as one of the "25 Best Inventions" of 2013! Not bad is it Daaahlings and I am still here searching for that “cake” which is going to give me “STAR” quality!

The Grape seed oil is an important part of the process as it has a moderately high smoke point of approximately 216 °C and has a clean, light taste, making the Cronuts not seem too fatty!

Mr Ansel claims that his is special laminated dough that is sheeted and folded different than a croissant which I am sure it is but I have found that croissant dough works very well.

And then I had a phone call one day asking if I could make them for a wedding as the couple wanted cronuts instead of a wedding cake! Shock, horror! Are cupcake wedding cakes a thing of the past and cronuts set to take over? No more lace piping but deep fried pastry!
Time will tell as cupcakes certainly are here to stay. Will cronuts join them on the wedding menu?

So here in pictures are how I made my wedding cronuts if you’d like to have a go.

Cut the croissant dough into doughnut shapes and leave them to prove as normal.

Fry the dough in Grape seed oil until nicely coloured.

Leave to cool and then slice the now cronuts in half.

I have filled mine with nice chocolate ganache and lemon cream as requested by the happy couple, but normally they are filled with light pastry cream.

I then dip the chocolate cronuts in chocolate to compliment the filling.

The lemon cronuts I dip in a lemon flavoured fondant lightly tinted with colouring.

And as they are for a wedding, I decorate each with a little piped sugar rose and leaf.

So darlings there you go, you can have cronuts for any occasion but as with Crispy Cremes and many other things, I am not sure I would queue for hours and pay 100’s of dollars for one, but you know, I’m British not American, that’s the way we are!

Kindly borrowed from: How To Make A Cronut, Explained By Adorable Cartoons by Chris Durso | August 12, 2013 

And if you wish to join us at Trisara for the amazing Willy Wonka Easter Brunch:

Trisara Hotel
60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay,
Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
+66 76 310100 

Happy Baking!
Chef Peter


  1. Sounds fantastic. I've always wanted to try cronuts. I wonder if they taste like a dessert I used to get in Texas -- croissants with a donut-like sugar glaze. Now, you have me thinking of booking a flight to Phuket just to enjoy these.